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When and Why Should Mental Health Professionals Offer Traditional Psychodynamic Therapy to Cancer Patients?

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Title
When and Why Should Mental Health Professionals Offer Traditional Psychodynamic Therapy to Cancer Patients?
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AMA Journal of Ethics, May 2017
DOI 10.1001/journalofethics.2017.19.5.stas2-1705
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Abstract

Given the recent studies promoting time-limited manualized therapies in the oncology setting, clinicians may be reluctant to offer traditional psychodynamic therapy to cancer patients. However, there are no studies directly comparing psychodynamic therapy and other therapy modalities in this patient population and no data suggesting harm from psychodynamic approaches. Therefore, it is inappropriate to draw the conclusion that psychodynamic therapy is inferior to manualized therapy from existing evidence. Manualized treatment, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, is generally short term and therefore may reduce the practitioner's own anxiety stemming from exposure to patients facing grave disability and death. However, manualized treatment is not fully effective in specific clinical scenarios. We present a case reflecting these limitations and advocate for a flexible treatment approach incorporating elements of psychodynamic therapy.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 15 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 6 40%
Other 1 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 1 7%
Student > Ph. D. Student 1 7%
Professor > Associate Professor 1 7%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 5 33%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 4 27%
Medicine and Dentistry 3 20%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 7%
Sports and Recreations 1 7%
Nursing and Health Professions 1 7%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 5 33%